Vera Aveline (aka The Summer Bombshell Dress)

This Dress. You must make it now. Right this minute.

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This dress will make you feel like you have superpowers.

It will make you feel effortlessly chic.

It will make you feel like a total Bombshell.

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And it is so simple to make… even with all of the fancy details.

I promise, you can do it!

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When Maddie first emailed me about her new tutorial, I wasn’t sure if the style would suit me, but she persuaded me, saying that it was a very versatile style that anyone could rock in a myriad of different ways.

Her beautiful floral version looked absolutely amazing on her in the preview pictures, but I just wasn’t sure that I could pull it off.

Here is where the sheer fabric from Mood that had been sitting on my sewing table from the New York meet-up a few weeks ago comes in (from back when Lauren was in town and when I also had the chance to meet Maddie in person – she is such a sweetheart!). Anyway, I looked over at it and could immediately picture it as this dress, so it seemed like fate!

sweetlittlechickadee_veraaveline_14It’s a simple and straightforward tutorial, but I did make things a bit more difficult for myself by 1.) working with chiffon (and doing french seams), 2.) lining the chiffon with silk crepe de chine (and doing french seams), and 3.) fiddling with finicky faux leather scraps and delicate lace for the halter/t-back, but there aren’t that many pieces to put together and all things considered this was still a pretty quick make.

The most difficult thing was hemming all that fabric!

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I think that for a completely different look this dress would be stunning sewed up using a vintage sheet or (for a sweet fabric treat) a few yards of some pretty Liberty voile.

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 (Liberty of London)

I’ll leave you with my best “too cool for school” pose…

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Or it was probably more like my best “Hey-I’m-chilly-and-it’s-getting-kinda-windy-out-here” pose.

But it also shows another way that you can style this dress (and how I’ve been wearing it so far in this chilly spring weather!).

sweetlittlechickadee_veraaveline_3.1And some outtakes from the wind, which may have gotten the better of me, haha…

and which went from funny to “ermagerd” in about two seconds.

Real life people, real life.

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Aaaaaaah, I still can’t believe that I made this!

It’s really comfy too! Did I already say that? In my opinion, that’s the most important determining factor in the perfect summer dress.

I definitely recommend checking out the tutorial right here. And it’s freeee! Thanks Maddie!

Are you going to sew up a Vera Aveline? What summer dress tutorials and/or patterns are you loving right now?

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To Infinity & Beyond… A Galaxy Print Lady Skater!

Hey guys!

I hope that you’re all having a great weekend and enjoying some (finally!) warm spring weather and sunshine! Super quick post today!

I sewed this dress up a few months ago when it was still really chilly out and took the pictures then too (hence the fleece-lined tights and bad lighting pics) and am just now getting around to blogging about it. Bad, bad blogger! Life has been crazy busy these last few months. I really love this pattern though!

This is the Lady Skater Dress pattern from Kitschy Coo… Galaxy Style!

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The fabric is a galaxy print jersey that I’ve had in my stash since before the move… but it actually came from a shop in the city.

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If you like it, you can pick up some of your own from Spandex World - it looks like they still have it in several colorways, including a fun new glittery version!!

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 * Serious Picture for a Not-So-Serious Dress *

I’ve affectionately dubbed this dress my “Ms. Frizzle Dress.” Fans of The Magic Schoolbus series know why! ;-)

Hmmm… now I think I just need some glow-in-the-dark shoes to match…

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A few quick sewing nerd notes:

1.) I highly recommend making up a quick muslin for the top version out of a similar fabric just to check measurements. I am fairly long waisted and I found that I needed to shorten the waist by an inch or so and I never have to do that with patterns! Also, if you are using ponte knit you may want to cut a bigger size. I sewed up my muslin version in ponte and it was definitely a noticeably, uh, tighter (Boob-crushing. Yes. Just going to come out and say it.) fit compared to the thinner jersey.

2.) Can I say that I love the collar style on this dress? The scoop neckline is so flattering. Not too low and not too high. really, the perfect scoopneck.

3.) My serger was still MIA when I sewed this up, so the entire thing is constructed using the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine. Not as much of a clean seam finish (I’ve been spoiled!), but no one else sees the inside of the dress anyway… so it totally works! I actually really like the zigzag stitch as a decorative element on the hems of knits.

Galaxy Print Lady Skater Dress Construction

Galaxy Print Lady Skater Dress Construction

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The skirt is so twirly! I totally have to resist doing this at all times out in public…

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* Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! *

Overall, I definitely recommend this pattern and can’t wait to sew up a few more versions… maybe even one that has a printed pattern on top and a solid colored skirt on the bottom. Or stripes. Or a comic book print! This is one of those dress styles that is great for all seasons depending on how you accessorize it… and it doesn’t hurt that it’s really comfy too!

Have you sewn a Lady Skater? What patterns are you loving right now?

Have a great weekend!

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